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An on-line archive of articles and commentary on wind and solar energy, community power, renewable energy policy, electric vehicles, and Advanced Renewable Tariffs by Paul Gipe

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  • April 26, 2016,   by Craig Morris

    Chernobyl allowed the nuclear sector to claim that uninformed hippies blocked nuclear by spreading irrational fear. The claim not only overlooks Wall Street, but also supposes a level of influence...

    April 22, 2016,   by Dave Toke

    The French Government has been faced with what seems to many to be the ludicrous prospect of heavily subsidising a power station to supply the British with electricity.

    April 19, 2016,   by Dave Toke

    So let's get this right, the Torygraph is saying that nuclear power plant can't or won't turn down their power stations, so it's windfarms and solar farms that are the problem?

    April 18, 2016,   by Craig Morris

    A political arrangement is being passed off as a technical issue. Stop protecting nuclear and coal; get rid of baseload.

    April 13, 2016,   by Tracy Rucinski and Tom Hals

    Leading global coal producer Peabody Energy Corp BTU.N filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Wednesday after a sharp drop in coal prices left it unable to service debt of $10.1 billion, much of it...

  • April 7, 2016,  

    This special edition of our WWEA Quarterly Bulletin reflects the discussion of the international symposium “Tailwind and Headwind for Community Power - Regional and Global Community Wind...

    March 31, 2016,   by Liam Stoker

    A community group on the Isle of Wight is looking to secure investment to purchase what would become the island’s first community energy solar farm.

    March 24, 2016,   by Craig Morris

    People come together in cooperatives to do the right thing, get to know each other, and create a sense of community. Some of these projects focus on profits, especially those in the energy sector,...

  • April 23, 2016,   by Joel Banner Baird

    Watch the little wind turbine at Burlington Electric Department and you’ll find, as often as not, its blades are stock-still.

    March 17, 2016,   by Stefan Gsänger and Jean-Daniel Pitteloud

    The recorded small wind capacity installed worldwide has reached more than 830 MW as of the end of 2014. This is a growth of 10,9 % compared with 2013, when 749 MW registered. In 2012, 678 MW were...

    February 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

    I am writing this now to close the book on this sad little turbine and the whole “let’s put them on the roof” phenomenon. Stumbling across an obscure NREL field test report from long ago (see Power...[more]

  • March 26, 2016,   by Herman K. Trabish

    Sometimes one stat is all it takes: 46 of the 50 states had solar policy debates going on in 2015. That makes solar literally the talk of the nation.

    March 15, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

    Most of that are conversion areas (Konversionsflächen), which means areas formerly used for public purposes, most of them former military installations. At the end of 2014, 61% of projects were...

    January 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

    Den Wind der Welt einfangen is part of series of retrospectives being issued by pioneers in the field of wind energy as they near retirement. Written by freelance journalist Dierk Jensen, Catching...[more]

  • September 14, 2015,   by Taufeeq Dhansay

    But to really accelerate geothermal, government would need to come up with better incentives for research and development. This may include offering a renewable energy feed in tariff for geothermal.

    August 15, 2015,  

    As a first step, group subsidiary SB Energy has begun a field study to build a small 300kW binary-cycle geothermal power plant in the city of Itoigawa in southern Niigata Prefecture. The company...

    August 11, 2015,  

    The Ministry of the Environment will introduce a system to promote geothermal power generation by involving local municipalities from the initial stages of plant construction, according to informed...

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